A-Rod, whose real name is Alex Rodriguez, is not going down without a fight because he’s asked the MLB for a meeting. A-Rod has
exhausted all sources to work out an agreement before his suspension.
Major League Baseball is expected to hand down the punishment on Monday, which could mean a 214-game ban for the New York Yankees third baseball and power hitter.
The 38-year-old has reached out to MLB and the New York Yankees again on Saturday, hoping that a meeting might lessen his suspension.
MLB has reportedly decided it is not interested in meeting with Rodriguez or negotiating his settlement, following comments he made after Friday night’s rehab game in Trenton. Rodriguez had hoped to decrease the severity of his looming punishment, but instead will be facing a 214-game ban. A-Rod had hoped to meet with the Yankees separately to discuss the remaining $100 million left on his contract that the team owes him, but the Yanks declined, saying it is a drug investigation MLB is in charge of.
Rodriguez has maintained that he will fight any suspension that is handed to him, but if MLB suspends him under the Collective Bargaining Agreement as opposed to the drug policy, A-Rod would not be able to appeal, and the punishment would be effective immediately.
A-Rod is scheduled to play again Saturday night in Trenton and is expected to rejoin the Yankees on Monday in Chicago.
It’s curious how A-Rod would act conciliatory less than 24 hours after being accusatory, but that may reflect confusion in a difficult time, perhaps exacerbated by retaining three sets of powerful attorneys.
“He’s now desperate. He’s saying, ‘Come to a meeting,’” one person familiar who was briefed on the calls said.
A-Rod seemed to accuse the Yankees of misdeed when he said people are trying to find “creative ways to cancel your contract,” in his memorably off-kilter soliloquy in Trenton.
“We never tried to get out of his contract. We want him to play,” a Yankees official said. “What does it have to do with steroids, anyway? Did we hire Tony Bosch?”
MLB has been willing to discuss the settlement, but at the moment is disturbed by the “bullying tactics” employed by the A-Rod camp, according to people familiar with the dealings.